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18th June 2018
This week's survey:
(These survey questions are sent in by our readers. Please spend a minute to give your answer to this week's survey as one or possibly more of your industry peers thinks this question is important and wishes to see your point of view as well as others in the industry.)  

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The survey results on last week's survey ....

  • All the time.  
    * RGB, CMYK and pantone in the same file.
    * Blends that come out wrong when I try to open the file.
    * Crop marks where I don't want them i.e. in the bleed that usually isn't big enough if there is any bleed at all.
    * All sorts of rubbish hidden in the background because the 'designer' didn't both to delete them.
    * Word documents that are supposedly 'print ready'
    The list goes on...

  • All the time! Customers email a image that has been found in Google,
    Ahh that looks good can you print this for my shop window about 3.6m long x 1.2m high in full colour! when the image is about the size of a business card. Get-em all the time, when asked can you send me that file in a high resolution type they say 'What's that'
    Ohh carefull about using images from google!!!
  • i would say maybe 95% of what i get sent needs some kind of work.
    "designers" on macs who can draw pretty shapes that look great on a screen, but then try to cut it, laser engrave it or even print it because they lack a basic understanding of cmyk and its a nightmare.
  • That's a bit like asking a doctor if he is still seeing sick patients.... (Reid, Juice Print) 
  • I prefer to charge for artwork or sometimes do artwork for free because of the hassle getting artwork correct. I prefer to add a bit to the job for time instaed of numerous emails etc. Logos sent as photos etc. Very few send artwork ready. Bleed etc.
  • We process an average of 20 jobs a day and half would have files that are not correctly prepared. Looking at this a different way this gives us a good opportunity to engage with the customer and rectify the files. (Tom, Eckersley Print Group)
  • Every day and from designers that should know better.
  • yes constantly. 1/2 the time its quicker to remake than call the pricks back, it also adds time to our day, often i absorb the cost because going back and forth waste more productive time.
    (Clayton, Gold Coast Wraps)
  • Some days it is a pleasant surprise to get a print ready file. We receive files with no bleed, RGB colours, not flattened, an American size for A4, text right on cutting lines with no clearance, and of course graphics that are thumbnail size to be enlarged for a huge poster.
    It is not surprising, as we have design graduates coming in for their portfolios to be printed who have not been taught how to make a file print ready. They are wonderful designers, but their files are a nightmare, and they have no idea what bleed or pagination mean. I often wonder if this is QLD thing or nationwide.
  • YES!!! Seems anyone that can make something look pretty on a computer screen calls themselves a "graphic designer" these days with no idea on what is actually good usable artwork.
  • Who doesn't? There are too many people who think they are graphic designers & don't even know what the difference is between a vector & raster image. Then there's the logo from a web site - about 20mm square to be enlarged to 1m square - yeah right! I could go on about the rediculously large Illustrator files, some with masks hiding bits they can't seem to remove. And of course there's the A4 flattened image that needs to be 2.4m x 1.2m - how do you make them understand it's not in proportion!
  • endlessly. I can't count the number of times over the years that people hand me a piece of paper & say there is the artwork. & MOST graphic artists are self taught & have no clue. About anything.
  • Yes, If you ask a client (designers) to outline all fonts as vectors they don't understand!
    Layers aren't flattened or gradients aren't Versa Works compatible. There is a box to tick for this option in Illustrator. It's frustrating, I have often spent hours correcting their artwork.

(As a publishing practice to protect ourselves from any potential liability, company and individual names that are referred to negatively in any of these comments are removed.

In addition we reserve the right to remove comments that are either considered offensive or are blatant advertising for one product or company)

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Murphy drops some buttered toast on the kitchen floor and it lands butter-side up. He looks down in astonishment, for he knows that it's a law of nature of the universe that buttered toast always lands butter-side down.

He rushes round to the presbytery to see Father Flanagan, tells the priest that a miracle has occurred in his kitchen but won't say what it is. Instead, he asks Fr Flanagan to come and see it with his own eyes.

Murphy leads Fr Flanagan back to his house, into his kitchen and asks him what he sees on the floor.

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